Entry from the Authorized Dune Encyclopedia:
Butlerian Jihad ("The Great Revolt"); Its Cause and Effect.
Before the rise of the Atreides, historians argued endlessly whether great people
made great events or great events made great people. The impact on history
of Muad'Dib and the Emperor Leto renders the question moot, but before those
tremendous personalities, the question is legitimately raised.
We face the question specifically when we consider events as pivotal
as those that occurred between 200 and
Even the name we use for the period implies and answer to the question: If we call those events "The Butlerian Jihad," we side with those historians who define as "great" those individuals who move the mass of humankind in a new direction; if we use the term "The Great Revolt," we ally ourselves with those who see "leaders" as simply the front rank of a humanity moving in the direction the masses determint.
Historians close to those events also speculated on this same
question. The writings of one of them, recently discovered,
shows how that turning point was viewed in the calm immediately
following it. Kruwl Sheivvun
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